Posted February 14, 2011 | © Photo courtesy of Jan Strimple
Fashion has been intertwined with music for decades, even centuries. Think of Elton John's elaborate sunglasses, Michael Jackson's famous red jacket, Elvis dazzling bejeweled jumpsuits, or pretty much anything we viewed on MTV in the late '80's.
Working together to showcase the current interplay between this millennium's styles and accompanying classical music selections, Jan Strimple (international runway model, now Dallas area executive fashion event producer) teamed up with the Irving Symphony Orchestra for an evening of chamber orchestrations along with a unique runway presentation. Declaring themselves a different symphony for a different audience, The ISO is a distinctive professional boutique known for producing signature music experiences which they indeed exhibited on Saturday night at SMU when beautifully poised, young models from The Campbell Agency of Dallas took to the platform stage draped in garments from Saks Fifth Avenue for a visual demonstration of the way that one art form can affect another. The display was a treat for both eyes and ears as our group eyed and elbowed one another while discreetly pointing and mouthing "I want those ... and those ... and that!"
Maestro Hector Guzman seemed to be having as much fun as we were as he led the orchestra in joyous, whimsical selections including Serenade for Strings and Ma Moere L'Oye (Mother Goose). Featured musical guest for the evening was internationally acclaimed pianist Joaquin Achucarro who acts as SMU's Professor of Piano Performance between his solo recitals here and abroad. Achucarro's skill and dexterity were amazing to watch from the third row stadium-type seats we had chosen since general admission tickets allowed for personal viewing choice.
To attend a similar performance yourself, see the Irving Symphony Orchestra's website for more information about upcoming events. Tony Award winning actress Christine Ebersole will perform in March; and in April, the ISO will be featuring mesmerizing Asian acrobats in the custom choreographed presentation East Meets West.